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BENEFITS OF OLIVE LEAF!

                                                                              Health Benefits of Olive Leaf

                                                                                   ©By Dori Cranmore RN

 

 

Olive oil is very important in our diet but the oil may not be the most important product of the olive trees.

In an independent laboratory test in Australia it was noted that Olive Leaf had a higher ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) rating than Noni, Mangosteen, Acai and Gogi juice and 400% higher than vitamin C, and twice as high as green tea or grape seed extract.

The amazing benefits that have been reported from Olive Leaf include lowering blood pressure, boosting the immune system (an absolute must during cold and flu season), helping to regulate high blood sugar, helps destroy the replication of virus cells, and it can delay the growth of staphylococcus aureus.

It was first found to be used by ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean cultures to treat a wide variety of health conditions. It is now quickly becoming the more popular supplement for supporting a healthy immune system.  Scientific evidence has proven that olive leaf extracts can in fact interfere with the development of several different kinds of arthritis, including gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

You’ve noticed how some people age faster than others right? This is the effect of protecting the body with antioxidants…. or not.  How does oxidation affect us?  The free radicals destroy genetic DNA, overload the immune system and destroy a cells identity.  A study done by the U.S. FDA said that at least 53 cancer-causing pesticides are applied in large amounts to the major food crops.  Center for Disease Control and Prevention found 116 pesticides and other artificial chemicals in human blood and urine.  According to the Environmental Working Group they found the most contaminated of all were peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes.  All of this just in our diet can cause oxidation. Toxins we breathe in our environment also adds to our aging factor. Another perfect reason to stop smoking!

Plants like olive trees have their own built in protection against oxidative damage.  The phenolics in the olive tree have a powerful ability to eat up the free radicals in our body and are an amazing weapon in fighting our own oxidative damage and premature aging. Olive trees live thousands of years and resist attacks from bacteria, virus, fungus and a range of micro-organisms.

Be sure to use quality Olive Leaf, preferably a liquid complex.  Look for non GMO and pesticide free olive leaves in products.

How important is antioxidant power to your health?  I’ll let you decide how fast you want to age.

Dori Cranmore is a Registered Nurse and owner of All About Herbs,Inc in Wasilla.  Information is provided for education purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat or cure.

OMEGA…. WHAT?

 

Omega….what?

©By Dori Cranmore R.N.

 

Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 7, Omega 9, EFA’s, EPA’s, DHA’s, Good fats, Bad fats….can be confusing and what does it all mean to our overall health?

Omega 3 is the single most important essential nutrient that is almost entirely missing from our modern day diets.  Evidence from thousands of clinical studies show Omega 3 can improve health and help prevent inflammation and dis-ease — including lowering triglycerides, general heart benefits, improving brain function, as well as helping with diabetes, strokes, depression, arthritis, allergies, circulation problems, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, skin disorders, gout, and many others.  Fish oil is great for dogs – and cats! Adding fish oil to their food provides anti-inflammatory effects.

            There are three main types of Omega 3. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) are both found in cold water fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, krill, etc). The plant foods that contain these are seaweed, algae and chia seeds.  The third is ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) which is found in flaxseed oil, dark green leafy vegetables and some vegetable oils. Studies on 100% salmon oil say the body utilizes it more efficiently than other fish sources.

Now don’t confuse Cod Liver Oil with Fish oil.  Cod liver oil comes from the liver, whereas fish oil comes from the body of the fish. Cod liver oil is very high in Vitamin A – Take the recommended amount since it is very easy to overdose on Vitamin A (with possible negative implications for your bones). The only way to get omega 3 without the 6 and 9 is by taking fish oil.  Recommended for health maintenance is 3000mg daily, (1000mg for children). A large 4oz salmon steak (baked properly with the skin on and eating the gray next to the skin) delivers about 84mg of omega 3.

Sources of Omega 6 include seeds, nuts, and refined vegetable oils, such as soy that is used in most snack foods, crackers, cookies and sweets.  Soybean oil alone is so prevalent in processed and fast foods that 20% of the calories in the American diet are likely to come from this one source.

Omega 7 or Palmitoleic Acid can help reduce risk of type II diabetes, lower C-reactive protein and reduce the risk of heart disease. It’s found in macadamia nuts, and sea buckthorn.

Purity and potency mean everything when choosing Omega 3 oils. Make sure your brand has gone through molecular distillation.

Omega 9 is a monounsaturated fat known as oleic acid and found primarily in olive oil, emu oil and almonds. Omega-9 is a nonessential fatty acid, since it is produced naturally by the body when omega 3 and 6 are present.

Omega 3 by itself is vitally important to help decrease inflammation, which is the cause of all dis-ease in our bodies.

Dori Cranmore is a Registered Nurse and owner of All About Herbs Wellness Center in Wasilla.  This information is intended for educational purposes only and not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.  376-8327.

CBD…What’s it all about?

CBD…What’s it all about?
By Dori Cranmore R.N.
When you hear the words Cannabidiol, cbd, Marijuana or Cannabis how do you react? For some it means breaking the law, getting “stoned”, acting giddy in swirls of funny smelling smoke, or eating a lot. Old news! For so many it’s the answer to relief. Relief from debilitating pain, chronic anxiety, nausea, arthritis, diabetes, PTSD, autism, schizophrenia, seizures,alcoholism, strokes, Cancer, Parkinson’s and the list goes on. All pain is caused by some type of inflammation. The non-psychoactive component of Cannabis, Cannabidiol (cbd), is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory cannabinoid part of cannabis that contains no thc. It was discovered in 1940 and has been used for many years with an amazing wide range of therapeutic benefits. There have been no recorded negative side effects associated with taking it. Dozens of scientific studies have been recently published and backed by thousands of individual claims of cbd’s healing properties. It is quickly becoming an incredibly popular treatment option secondary to its relatively low cost,
safety and proven effectiveness. So what about the legality of using it? It is now legal in all 50 states as long as it contains no thc! Every human and animal has Cannabidiol receptors, meaning the body utilizes the cbd in different ways. Kind of like a metabolism. Dogs generally get great results by using about 1mg per 10 lbs of body weight. Humans can react with as little as 1mg and can take more as they need it. You can find cbd oils and balms pretty much everywhere you look now, but like any other supplement there are poor quality products, so – so quality products and really great quality products. Everyone wants you to buy theirs. Some say only buy USA grown products. There is so much to know about this. Is it grown in hot houses or in its natural habitat? Is it pressed or CO2 extracted?(CO2 is the superior method so the cells aren’t disturbed). So much to choose from. Oils, balms, lotions, capsules, etc. I love the gels that can pack a whopping 15mg or more cbd in each tiny capsule. What I’ve noticed as the best overall delivery method is the emu oil based oils and balms. Here’s what I know about Emu oil. It’s a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Emu oil has been used for thousands of years for treating wounds, burns and pain because it is naturally anti-fungal and antimicrobial. Emu oil can penetrate 7-8 layers of the skin vs coconut and olive oil that can penetrate only 1-2 layers. Emu oil contains EFA (essential fatty acids) which also maximizes the bio-availability of ingested CBD. When this happens the homeostasis (balance) attempts to return to the body giving longer lasting relief. (Aponi Biobotanica holds the only patent on the emu oil delivery with cbd oil). So the way I see it you get more bang for your buck! We are constantly doing research so please ask us at All About Herbs, Inc and we will do our best to help with any questions.
This information is intended for educational purposes only.It is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

The Amazing Turmeric

The Amazing Turmeric

By Dori Cranmore RN

 

Turmeric comes from the ginger family and has a peppery, warm but slightly bitter flavor.  It smells like a cross between ginger and oranges. It’s known as one of the ingredients to make curry but it is also used as a natural colorant in many foods like mustard. You might have heard it referred to as curcumin.  The yellow-orange pigment in turmeric is what is referred to as curcumin. It is often used to color natural soap.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant.  It is an excellent source of iron, manganese, vitamin B6, dietary fiber and potassium.  It is native to Indonesia and southern India where it has been harvested for over 5,000 years.  Adding it to your food gives an extra zest of flavor and also a bold yellow color.

So let’s talk about some of the health benefits from this wonderful root.

  1. It has been found to be a very effective treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. It is generally inexpensive, well tolerated with very large does and a very effective treatment also for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
  2. Rheumatoid Arthritis is also found to respond extremely well. Turmeric’s combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects explains why many people with joint disease find relief.
  3. Cancer prevention tops the list of researches. Curcumin’s antioxidant actions enable it to protect cells from free radicals that can damage cellular DNA. Curcumin helps the body destroy mutated cancer cells so they can’t spread. Turmeric enhances liver function and protects against cancer development. It inhibits the synthesis of a certain protein thought to be instrumental in tumor. Studies have linked the frequent use of turmeric to lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.  The dose is about 3000mg of Turmeric daily for optimum results. Caution: Turmeric can interfere with chemotherapy treatments.
  4. Cholesterol lowering effects and cardiovascular protection has been proven through research published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. The Turmeric helps the body to clear out more of the LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  5. More studies are coming in suggesting Turmeric will help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Because Curcumin crosses the blood-brain barrier it gets in there and helps eliminate oxidative stress and inflammation which can cause brain dysfunction. UCLA researchers did studies showing the Turmeric was more effective than ibuprofen and naproxen.
  6. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent and can be used to disinfect cuts.
  7. It is a natural pain killer and cox-2 inhibitor.
  8. It may aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management when taken consistently.
  9. It has been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
  10. It is known to speed up wound healing as it assists in remodeling of damaged skin. It may also help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Turmeric or Curcumin comes in 250-500mg capsules, with or without black pepper (to increase bio availability in the body), in the powder form, Gummies or tea bags. People with blocked bile ducts or gall stones should not take turmeric. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant.

This Information is meant for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any
diseases. Please consult your medical provider for advice.

Dori Cranmore is a registered nurse and owner of All About Herbs, Inc in Wasilla. Call 376-8327 for more
information.

Collagen-Bones, Muscle and Joint Health

Collagen By Dori Cranmore RN

Collagen is a protein that is part of cartilage, face, skin, nails, teeth, bones and other tissues in animals and humans. It provides the infrastructure of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissues, which is necessary for mobility and it is the most abundant protein in the body. Peptides are short chain amino acids naturally derived from collagen protein. These natural peptides are highly bio-available, digestible and soluble in cold water. Collagen is like the glue that holds our skin tightly together, keeping us young looking. Taking collagen ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints.

Studies show by using chicken collagen, it works by allowing the body to naturally reduce inflammation. It also contains chondroitin and glucosamine which can assist in rebuilding cartilage. It’s successfully been used for many years for joint pain, arthritis, back and neck pain and pain following an injury. How do you tell if your body needs more collagen?

Normally our bodies produce less and less of collagen as we age. Environmental pollutants, smoking, overexposure to the sun and an abundance of free radicals in your body can negatively affect the collagen in your skin. If you have a vitamin C deficiency, collagen absorption and synthesis will struggle to occur. If you see wrinkles on your face, if your joints and bones get achy, if you experience digestive issues, or if your cuts and wounds heal slower than they used to…you may have a collagen deficiency.

There are so many benefit of using supplemental collagen.

  • Radiant, Youthful skin, Helping erase wrinkles! Many describe Collagen as ‘Mother Nature’s Botox’.
  • Healthy hair and nails, Collagen peptides contain proline and cysteine which creates Keratin.
  • Help fights inflammation, Inflammation seems to be linked to every disease known. Helps reduce symptoms of autoimmune disorders, like arthritis, celiac disease, and psoriasis.
  • Weight loss, It’s difficult to lose weight if the body is inflamed. Joint, hip and knee pain improved.
  • Gut issues, The gut mucosa can be stabilized by decreasing damage from excess acid. Wounds and fractures may heal at a faster rate.

What type collagen is best? While 28 different types of collagen do exist, they’re all still the same protein. They are sourced from beef, chicken, and fish. As far as what to look for, find out where the collagen is being sourced. There are many organic forms and some from marine cod. Structurally, collagen is the same whether it’s coming from a cow, chicken, or fish.

Hydrolyzed collagen is just a more processed form of collagen where cold enzymes were added to break it down. The more broken down the protein is, the easier it is for your body to digest and use. Currently, there is no vegan collagen source and scientists are currently researching to find a plant that’s structurally similar. The best source for vegans is Matcha green tea. It’s indisputable that collagen is good for you. It’s definitely a good idea to use supplemental form of collagen before problems arise.
This Information is meant for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any
diseases. Please consult your medical provider for advice.

Dori Cranmore is a Registered Nurse, Holistic Health Practitioner and owner of All About Herbs, Inc  in Wasilla 376-8327.

L-GLUTAMINE

Glutamine….
The most abundant free amino acid in the body
By Dori Cranmore R.N.
There are 20 essential Amino Acids in our body. They are considered the building blocks of protein. The most abundant is L-Glutamine, produced in the muscles and distributed by the blood to wherever it is needed. Amazingly, around 60% of your skeletal muscle is made up of glutamine and by adding this amino acid it can aid protein synthesis and help naturally balance your pH levels. In times of stress, glutamine can help the immune system, gut function and provide fuel in the form of nitrogen and carbon, to many different cells in the body. Because there are so many functions in the body that need glutamine, it is needed in large amounts.
The top ten benefits of l-glutamine include (1)improving the gastrointestinal health, (2)helping heal ulcers and leaky gut by acting as a barrier from further damage, (3) Can promote muscle growth and decreases muscle wasting, (4) Helps improve IBS symptoms by balancing the mucus production, (5) Reported to help fight cancer, (6) May improve athletic performance and recovery from endurance exercise, (7) Helps curb cravings for sugar and alcohol (8) an essential neurotransmitter in the brain and helps with memory, focus and concentration, (9) Can help improve diabetes and blood sugar, (10) Can improve metabolism and cellular detoxification. L-Glutamine supplements can help repair the damage done to the gut lining, and they can also help the cilia regrow. Glutamine is normally absorbed by our gut lining, but because celiac disease severely damages the gut lining, glutamine deficiencies are fairly common. A gluten free diet just doesn’t heal everyone’s celiac issues, so the good news is that other options exist. Studies show the degree of intestinal damage varies widely among people with celiac disease, so some may find their intestines heal completely in 2 years; some may learn that theirs haven’t after more than 5 years. The “Harvard Gazette” reports that taking extra glutamine could protect against gastric damage caused by H. pylori, the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. With more than 70 million Americans suffering from digestive diseases, it’s apparent that we are lacking certain nutrients that support the digestive system. Besides l-glutamine supplementation there are many food sources that provide it as well. Some include Bone Broth, meats and dairy, beans, raw spinach, red cabbage, Broccoli, wild caught fish, turkey and asparagus. It’s important to know that the majority of people don’t get enough L-glutamine from their food alone. Typically, the range of supplement use is between 2 to 5 grams of glutamine powder twice daily, and up to 10 grams daily for serious power athletes. Although the effects of excess glutamine rarely cause problems, if you are taking L-glutamine long-term, it’s a good idea to also supplement with B vitamins. This especially applies to vitamin B12, which controls glutamine buildup in the body. Always take glutamine with cold or room temperature liquids or foods. Never add glutamine to hot beverages because heat destroys glutamine. Individuals with liver disease, kidney disease or Reye’s syndrome should not take extra glutamine.

This Information is meant for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any
diseases. Please consult your medical provider for advice

MORINGA: THE SUPER GREEN

MORINGA: The Super Green

By Dori Cranmore R.N.

The Moringa Oleifera tree can be found in tropical areas in Asia, South America and Africa. The tree has bright green leaves and covered with white flowers that turn to long flat seedpods. The tree is also known as the “Drumstick Tree” or “Tree of Life”. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds and root are all used to make medicines.  The leaves retain many of the vitamins and minerals when dried and because it is so easy to grow it is used to fight malnutrition in India and Africa. They believe it is a sacred plant with powers to protect both the living and the dead.

Moringa is the super green that is more nutritious than kale! A 3oz serving of fresh Moringa provides more iron than the same serving of kale, spinach or Swiss chard.  It also has Vitamins A, B-1, 2, 3, 12, C, D, E and K, Folic Acid, Potassium, calcium, magnesium, dietary fiber and antioxidants. The proteins, vitamins and minerals act as antioxidants to help protect cells from damage and aid in the body’s retention of iron.  Moringa also provides a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids.

Gram per gram Moringa has 2 times the amount of protein as yogurt; 4 times the vitamin A of carrots; 3 times the potassium of bananas; 4 times the calcium of milk; 7 times the vitamin C of oranges.

It is commonly used for anemia, arthritis and joint pains, asthma, cancer (studies show anti-cancer benefits for breast, ovarian and colorectal), constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, seizures, stomach pain/ulcers, headaches, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, fluid retention, mood enhancer, thyroid disorders, bacterial/fungal/viral and parasitic infections, to increase sex drive, reduce swelling/inflammation, birth control, boosting the immune system and increases breast milk production (uses per WebMD). Moringa helps the brain release serotonin which can help balance mood, memory and the stress response.

Applied to the skin it has been used for treating infections/abscesses, athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease, snakebites, warts and wounds.

In conclusion, since Moringa is a vegetable there aren’t really any negative effects to eating Moringa leaf powder, and it’s nutritional benefits are numerous. You should eat/drink as much as you are comfortable with. 1 tsp to 1 TBSP daily will be enough for your body to reap the benefits.

Dori Cranmore RN is the owner of All About Herbs,Inc. This information is provided for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. (907)376-8327

HIBISCUS-NOT JUST A PRETTY FLOWER!

Here’s to Your Hibiscus Health

©By Dori Cranmore RN

 

Did you know that hibiscus herbal tea is not only delicious, but also a very healthy beverage?  Pretty much any herb can be used to make tea, but one of the prettiest is that of Hibiscus. It is served hot or cold and contains no caffeine.

  This healthful hibiscus tea has several characteristics that make it much more valuable than conventional teas.  All over the world people drink hibiscus tea for health; (hibiscus tea can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar) for cooling; (hibiscus tea is a refrigerant and helps cool the body when needed). Other benefits include preventing bladder infections and constipation if taken regularly.

Unquestionably, brewed hibiscus is a stunning refresher, bold, tart and beautiful.  Unlike tea, however, it is not made from leaves, or the flowers.  The tall, slender hibiscus plant produces tiny pink flowers, which wither quickly and fall off, leaving seedpods behind.  Big, fleshy red calyxes grow around the pods, and it is these juicy calyxes that are harvested and dried in the sun to become the blackish-red bits used in teas.

The species Hibiscus Sabdariffa, is also known as Red Tea, China Rose, Red Sorrell, Roselle, Jamaica Tea, and Sudanese Tea.  It was used by the Chinese to treat dandruff, hair breakage and help stimulate hair growth. Making a tea and using it as a rinse for the hair works well.

Drinking a cup of hibiscus tea after meals can reduce the absorption of dietary carbohydrates and assist in weight loss.  Newer studies are indicating drinking 3 cups of hibiscus tea may help keep blood sugar in a normal range.

Hibiscus is rich in Vitamin C so it is a great immune booster to aid in fighting off viruses.  Hibiscus juice, with salt, pepper, and molasses, can be taken as a remedy for nausea.

Because of its muscle relaxing abilities it is not recommended for pregnant women.  Children can benefit by drinking hibiscus tea and they love it for the bright red color and tangy flavor.

Here is a fun recipe:

4-6 cups water

4 TBSP organic dried Hibiscus

1 cinnamon stick and grated lemon or lime peeling

Add ¼ cup Agave syrup or honey to taste.

Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Place ingredients in the water and cover to steep for 10 minutes (longer is not better). Strain and serve over ice. This will surely be a hit at any gathering.

Dori Cranmore is a registered nurse and owner of All About Herbs, inc in Wasilla. 376-8327

Ginger Spices Up Health

Ginger Spices Up Health

Ginger does more than just add a snap of flavor to foods and beverages. For centuries, the root of the plant has been used as a remedy for a variety of illnesses ranging from the common cold to cancer.

The spice has long been prized for its potent anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties can work wonders in the gastrointestinal tract. Long before commercially produced ginger ale became a popular remedy for stomach upset, ancient healers prescribed ginger tea to soothe a variety of digestive symptoms, especially nausea and vomiting.

Research suggests that taking up to one gram of ginger daily is a safe and effective remedy for nausea associated with morning sickness during pregnancy. Most experts recommend using ginger only as needed to alleviate nausea during pregnancy, rather than taking it on a regular basis.

Ginger is so effective at alleviating nausea that it is often used by individuals undergoing chemotherapy for the treatment of cancer. For cancer patients, supplemental ginger may do more than just ease nausea. Recent research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center suggests that the spice may have potent anti-cancer properties, as well.

Ginger has an excellent safety profile and is associated with few unwelcome side effects. Still, it’s wise to consult your physician before using it on a regular basis, especially if you’re taking other medications or if you have any problems with your health.

For most healthy folks, ginger is a safe and effective remedy for nausea, stomachaches and muscle pain. The medicinal plant is available in most health food stores in a variety of forms, including capsules, teas and powders.

If you buy commercially prepared ginger ale, ginger tea or ginger snap cookies, be sure to read the label. Many products contain only artificial flavors rather than real ginger. There are ginger candies that are quite effective for nausea as well.

For motion sickness use ginger in the same way you would for chemotherapy. Taking true ginger, whether in a tea or supplement, up to three days before the activity that causes you motion sickness, can be extremely helpful and make your road trip or boat outing much more enjoyable. Many will make a ginger tea and sip on it slowly during their activity.

If you want to prepare your own, you can buy fresh or dried ginger root at many supermarkets. After washing, chopping or grinding the root, you can add it to foods or use it to make a tasty tea.

Even if you don’t need to use ginger for its medicinal properties, you can still enjoy its distinctive, delicious flavor.

Dori Cranmore is a Registered Nurse, Herb Specialist and owner of All About Herbs in Wasilla (376-8327) Article and research used with permission from Rallie McAllister.

Black Seed

Black Seed

By Dori Cranmore R.N.

 

The oil comes from the nigella sativa plant which is native to Asia. The plant has small, black, crescent-shaped seeds and is a part of the buttercup family. Its recorded use dates back to ancient Egyptian times, with Cleopatra using it to achieve her beautiful complexion and shiny hair. The oil was even found in a pharaoh’s tomb, dating back 3,300 years. Hippocrates was said to use it to treat digestive troubles.  It is often incorrectly labeled as black cumin seed. Neither “cumin” nor “black cumin” is true black seed. Always look for the botanical name Nigella Sativa for pure Black seed oil.

Some of the recorded uses include high blood pressure, asthma and Candida albicans or yeast overgrowth in the body.  Black seed oil may help to reduce inflammatory arthritis symptoms and may extend to improving asthma and bronchitis symptoms. Eating black seeds or taking black seed oil is also associated with relieving stomach pain, cramps, reducing gas, bloating, and the incidence of ulcers as well. The oil may help fight against skin cancers when applied topically.  Black seed oil or seeds has been shown to reduce high cholesterol because it’s high in fatty acids that can help maintain healthier cholesterol levels.

When people with type 2 diabetes consumed 2000mg of black cumin per day for three months, it led to reductions in fasting blood sugar and HgbA1c.

Black Seed can help fight off many different strains of bacteria, including salmonella, E. coli, listeria, staph and MRSA. For internal bacterial infections, black seed oil can be added to herbal teas, and for a skin infection, you can apply it directly to the skin.

It’s particularly beneficial for those with autoimmune disease, because it can balance the immune system. It can increase immune function without encouraging an immune reaction against healthy tissue in the body.

Black Seed oil, honey and garlic make a powerful tonic for soothing coughs and boosting immunity, especially during cold and flu season or if you feel like you’re coming down with an infection. Black Seed oil can even be used topically to treat psoriasis and eczema or mixed with facial cream to moisturize and soothe your skin.

Black seed oil is available capsules, oil and seeds. You can add the seeds to casseroles, stir fries, salad dressings and baked goods, sprinkle them on salads, or even add them to your coffee, tea or smoothies. You can make black seed tea by pouring hot water over the seeds (about one tablespoon) and letting it steep for 10 minutes.

Dori Cranmore is a registered nurse, holistic health Practitioner and owner of All About Herbs in Wasilla, 376-8327 or 745-8387.  This information is for educational purposes and is not medical advice or meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

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